→ 600dpi.special.el-salvador-project.1990feb.jpg (2.2MB) and with-negative-too.1200dpi.special.el-salvador-project.1990feb.jpg(8.8 MB) Grainy but cardboard boxes with the 100 copies of Amnesty International Report that we sent out one to each Senator (next to blue folder organizing our materials, Statement letter sent out etc) ←
At the time the 'population' of the internet was less than 10% of today's (in fact it was circa 2011 when the internet's population was close to exactly 10 times larger than in the early to mid 1990s). On a "per capita" basis, this was the equivalent of more than 600k subscribers This is not to toot our horn, but of historical relevance. Update: by mid/late 2010's internet was 30x the size is was in 1994 so our 60k subscribvers per-capita equivalent to 18 million subscribers.
No wonder a Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute contacted me out of the blue saying he read and enjoyed my "Electronic Activism" article, heard I wrote a part II and could I send it to him?
Lately I've been too disorganized and scatterbrained to put together any real sort of Bio, jumping from one tiny project (like finding excellent winter hats normally over $20 each for a dollar each when a company went out of business and getting more than a dozen to give to the local homeless shelter) to another...not focusing well on large-scale activism as I used to. And dealing with personal life stuff, like most of us.
At hard as it is to imagine, at one point Harel was contacted by an activist who wasn't famous - just that, that activist contact me (Harel) telling me that they had heard about me and my work from someone well known. Surreal as it may sound today, they heard about me from Canadian filmmaker Mark Achbar (known best for his movie The Corporation, but at the time known for Directing "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media", and known then and even more so since for his many awards). In a spring 1995 email: "I was referred to you by Mark Achbar" and "I'm a journalism student..doing an article on internet activism and i hear you're the 'king.' Seeing how the internet has caught on...what gave you the idea to start misc.activism.progressive [4 years earlier and projects that led to it, a year before that]?" (see here or see the full sized scan) Amazing the things you find in old dusty carboard boxes of old activism you've built up over the years! In fact I was not 'king' or even 'prince' but together with lots of help from other activists whose roles were critical (Rich Winkel and Dave Ratcliffe, Jym Dyer, Yigal Arens, Sabina Astete and others)
(Even at a mere 10 articles read per day over (say) only 260 days or only 71% out of 365 days actually reading (in fact, in the 1990s fairly "addition-grade" daily reading was the norm) done over 15 years (e.g. 1991-2006, while MAP continued until about 2011) over lower level readership of say, only 25,000 readers, would give about a billion "views" using these mostly low-ball very conservative estimates)
**of buying enough copies (100 for the Senators, some for mass- media, some for organizations we were reaching out to and handful left for ourselves) of the Amnesty Report, the significant USPS postage costs associated with sending to all Senators, and USPS mail to Media, the very high cost of even modest long distance phone calls, envelopes, etc.
2.2 Megabyte and 8.4 Mebabyte images of the boxes of 100 or so Amnesty report, add later? Try to find higher quality image(s)...or find and scan in that receipt... -rw-r--r-- 1 harel pg6640 2298503 Dec 9 2014 600dpi.special.el-salvador-project.1990feb.jpg -rw-r--r-- 1 harel pg6640 8775564 Dec 9 2014 with-negative-too.1200dpi.special.el-salvador-project.1990feb.jpg